Underwood sweeps at American Country Awards
Monday, December 6, 2010
– Carrie Underwood cleaned up at the first American Country Awards winning six awards Monday, including Artist of the Year. Underwood took home the top honor in all six categories in which she was nominated - top female artist, touring artist, album ("Play On"), single (Cowboy Casanova
) and music video (
) by a female artist.
Lady Antebellum won four awards: single of the year by a duo or group, single of the year, music video and top duo or group, all for Need You Now.
Easton Corbin won all three breakthrough artist categories: Breakthrough Artist and single and video (both for A Little More Country Than That).
Hillbilly Bone by Blake Shelton earned him Music Video of the Year and Music Video: Male.
Brad Paisley won top male artist.
Josh Turner received the best single award by a male artist for Why Don't We Just Dance.
Alan Jackson received the Greatest Hits Award, Rascal Flatts took the Decade Award and Toby Keith scored with the Video Visionary Award.
Trace Adkins hosted the show held in Las Vegas.
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All Over The Road
Easton Corbin jumped on to the country music scene two years ago with a self-titled album and a fun, easy-going single, titled I'm A Little More Country Than That. The Florida native's staying power or lack there of will be determined by his 11-song sophomore album, "All Over The Road."
Corbin makes a strong case with this album that combines strong ballads and impressive mid-tempo songs. The songs are well-written as Corbin enlisted the services of accomplished songwriters »»»
You may not always be able to judge a book by its cover. But the image of a north Florida country boy playing a guitar and sitting next to a dog on a front porch perfectly describes what the mood of the 11 songs will be. Corbin recalls George Strait on several songs, but none more than the hit A Little More Country Than That. It's his debut song and firmly establishes him on the traditional side of the country/pop-country canyon.
But Corbin isn't simply a sound-a-like. »»»
Editorial: Walking the talk
When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: McGraw has plenty of fight left
Despite the fact that Tim McGraw is five years sober, fit as a triathlete and touring behind a number one album, he is still in an unenviable position. As he approaches 50, McGraw has to stay a step ahead of the current crop of young country hunks with TV shows, cross format radio airplay and wider appeal. But as he proved at First Niagara's... »»»
Concert Review: Steve Earle doesn't rest (on laurels)
If you didn't realize Steve Earle had a new disc out, "The Low Highway," it would have been no problem realizing that quite and quickly.
That was because Earle started the two-hour show with three straight tracks from "The Low Highway," and he would not be done for the night. The title track of was a midtempo effort... »»»
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